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The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative is a deeply engaged international, multi-sector community focused on catalysing the development of globally responsible leadership and practice. The GRLI holds and facilitates an inclusive and collective call for deep systemic change across three domains: how we live and make a living, how we learn, and how we lead. Learn more about our call to action and the role of GRLI in catalysing ideas and initiatives at the interface between education, business and society.

  • Convener: Arnold Smit


Created in 1973, the CGE (association law 1901) includes 265 members including 223 Grandes écoles (engineer, management, architecture, design, institute of political studies ...) all recognized by the State, delivering a degree of master degree. The purpose of the DD & RS commission is to equip and promote school approaches, to organize collective advocacy to integrate sustainable development and social responsibility practices in the organization and missions of higher education and training. In 2009, It has decided to join forces with those of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU) to evolve the self-assessment repository (renamed Green Plan reference to meet Article 55 of the French Grenelle law). Over the years, major players in sustainable development have joined this commission, which now includes students, representatives of the Ministries of Ecology and Sustainable Development, Higher Education and Research, and virtuous associations. …

Every year, the commission organizes a two-day seminar (R2D2) whose goal is to allow everyone to meet to exchange good practices, make an inventory of the progress of CGE member schools, results of the partners (DD & RS label operator for example) and set new realistic goals.

  • Convener: Gerald Majou (CGE) / Emilie Gueret (Kedge)


A stakeholder endorsed global project to develop a new Business School Rating as a lever of change for higher management education institutes to enhance their positive impact for the world. Endorsed by WBCSD, WWF, Oxfam, oikos, AIESEC, and convening thought leaders and experts in the management education landscape. We will be reviewing the Phase 2 prototype results of volunteer business schools and finalize the next prototype.

Join us to make the Rating even better!

  • Convener: Katrin Muff 

Finding our Voice and Value – The Global Alliance, HESI and the SDG Accord Celebrating, aligning and accounting for university leadership for the Global Goals at the annual UN High-Level Political Forum: The idea of global collaboration between the worlds student and university sustainability networks emerged in the preparation of Rio+20 in 2012. Different national and regional networks started to coordinate their action and launched a movement, the Global Alliance was born. Global Alliance networks were amongst the first to support HESI (Higher Education Sustainability Initiative) and spread the word to all their own members which contribute to make HESI, the biggest self-voluntary commitment of the whole Rio+20.

Through our partnership with HESI, we bring the energy and capacity of many thousands of universities staff and students who are members of our member networks. Our aim is to build a new and dynamic collaborative support for the HESI UN members to deliver the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Objective of thisWorkshop: With an alliance of most of the world’s university sustainability networks signed up to our pioneering SDG Accord (www.sdgaccord. org) and university and student Presidents committing to deliver the Goals, this Cross Road Workshop asks, what next steps should university and college sustainability networks take to build an even stronger collective voice, alignment and reporting accountability to put universities and students at the heart of the annual HLPF and delivery of the Global Goals.

  • Convener: Iain Patton

Sdg Accord

Come and celebrate the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world at the International Green Gown Awards Ceremony. You will watch the winning initiatives which cover all aspects of

educational institutions – from their teaching and research, leadership, buildings and food to how students can benefit the quality of life in the communities around them. The Green Gown Awards are delivered on a regional basis in Australasia,
the UK and Ireland and French speaking Europe and Canada and globally through the GUPES Green Gown Awards, supported by United Nations Environment. The winners of each region then go head to head for the coveted International Green
Gown Awards which will be announced at the Ceremony. The International Green Gown Awards are aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals to show the progress institutions are making globally.


  • Convenor: Iain Patton (EAUC)

SOS is an international alliance of student organizations and initiatives that collaborate to progress their work on social responsibility and environmental sustainability. The initiative was first launched in 2015 with the intention of creating a global movement of student leaders collaborating for sustainability and acts as a mechanism for existing student organizations to collaborate on sustainability.

  • Convener: Charlotte Bonner (NUS)

Sulitest is an international initiative aiming to achieve sustainability literacy for all by developing online training and assessment tools to support ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and to provide indicators on sustainability awareness and learning. Created as a tangible implementation of the UN HESI (Higher Education Sustainability Initiative) following Rio + 20, Sulitest is now one of the featured initiatives of the UN Partnerships for the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). It is one of the tool dedicated to measuring and monitoring the global agenda by providing the largest database on sustainability awareness and learning aligned with the SDGs framework.

Already taken by more than 78,000 candidates in more than 650 universities and organizations from 61 countries, the Sulitest community is still growing with almost 30 Regional/National Expert Committees (RNECs) and new users beyond academia (corporations, NGOs, institutions…).

This meeting will bring together RNEC and Senior Advisor to prepare the next HLPF.

  • Convener: Aurelien Decamps


The Forum mobilizes and advances leading transformation knowledge and tools, to support transformation agents in taking comprehensive and coherent action in support of the 2030 Agenda. In effect, the Forum is developing a transformation system and societies’ transformation capacity, analogous to other systems like food, healthcare, and economic development systems that provide the ability to produce their respective outcomes. This system enhances connections, capacity, knowledge, and action to realize transformations for sustainability and wellbeing. The Forum is organized around Working Groups, which are associated by independently organized around impediments in transformation. Currently these are assessing and evaluation, capacity, financing, narratives, innovation, and systems analysis.

  • Convener: Steve Waddell


Today, fifteen regional PRME Chapters help to advance the Six Principles within a particular geographic context, rooting PRME in different national, regional, cultural, and linguistic landscapes. They function as platforms for localized engagement from higher education institutions, and in cooperation with Global Compact Local Networks, can develop projects and initiatives that support the Sustainable Development Goals regionally. The France & Benelux Chapter was launched in November 2017 and regroup 30+ institutions from France, The Netherlands and Belgium. This will be the second meeting for the France & Benelux Chapter with the goal of finalizing the Chapter’s vision, mission, objectives and working program, sharing best practices and starting joint collaborative initiatives.

  • Convener: Eva Geluk and M Minderman


AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited, Kedge is a French management school with 4 campuses in France (Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille and Toulon), 3 abroad (2 in China, and 1 in Africa). The KEDGE BS community counts 12,600 students (25% foreign students), 520 permanent staff, 183 fulltime faculty members, and 54,000 alumni across the world.

KEDGE, is recognized as a key player in the field of sustainable development and CSR by its viral approach combining "excellence & coherence ". For the school, it's not just a question of adding best practices, but of having coherent actions between research, pedagogy, campus social and environmental management and governance. Through its commitments and its network of experts, the school participates in the evolution of higher education through the lens of CSR.
By hosting this international event, Kedge is proud to contribute to build a sustainable future.

Campus Responsables is the first network of French-speaking Higher Education Institutes committed to sustainable development. Convinced as we are that education is a prime lever for changing convictions and practices, especially towards future decision-makers in companies and administrations, Campus Responsables has set itself the mission of unlocking new paths for Higher Education and Research by exploring emerging sustainability issues and promoting collective progress through healthy emulation between campuses.
In order to meet this goal, Campus Responsables organises its first member reunion on May 15th, 2018. Exchanges of best practices, inspirational speeches and collective intelligence workshops will be on the agenda of this gathering.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative is a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT and UNCTAD, was created in 2012 in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). With commitments from over 300 universities from around the world, HESI accounted for more than one-third of all the voluntary commitments that were launched at Rio+20. Through its strong association with the United Nations, HESI provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy making.

Sustainable Development

CIRSES (the collective for the integration of societal responsibility and sustainable development into higher education) is a professional association governed by the law of 1901. It was founded in September 2013 with three main objectives:

  • to support those responsible for DD/RS (sustainable development and societal responsibility) in institutions of higher learning
  • to help raise awareness about DD/RS efforts at institutions of higher learning
  • to be the standard bearer for DD/RS practices in French higher education and research

CIRSES determines recipients of the DD&RS label for institutions of higher learning.


Myriam Maestroni Présidente-Fondatrice, CEO, Economie d’Energie, SAS Présidente Fondation E5T

Through the years, Myriam Maestroni built an extensive knowledge at the head of several energy companies in Europe such as Dyneff, Agip and Primagaz, before setting up “Economie d’Energie”, a leading company in the design and implementation of new business models required in the field of energy transition.

She is also Vice-President of the “Cercle des Entreprises Centenaires”, a consortium of companies, in partnership with HEC and ANVIE, of which she is Vice-President since May 2014, and Co-President with Corinne Lepage, MENE (Companies of the New Economy Movement). She is the author of “Mutations Energétiques“ (co-written with Jean-Marie Chevalier), “Intelligence Emotionnelle, Services et Croissance” (co-written with Luis M.Huete), and “Comprendre le Monde de l’Energie 2.0” published by Maxima in October 2013, and updated for the English and Italian versions. She is also a visiting professor in HEC Executive Education.

She is member of the Board of Directors of McPhy, specialized in hydrogen technologies, as well as member of the Board of Directors of BoostHeat, an industrial startup specialized in the manufacturing of high efficiency boiler, which is currently seeking for funds (IPO).

President of the e5t Foundation (E5t), she launched with Sup de Co La Rochelle and EIGSI, the e5T Summer Universities, of which the 6th edition will take place in La Rochelle in France, on August 29th & 30th, 2018.

In 2012, she received the Order of Merit by virtue of her professional career, and won the Tribute Award for the Green Business category. On December 2014, Myriam Maestroni was awarded the “Femme en Or” trophy for environment at the event of the same name which recognizes the talents of outstanding women in society. Besides, she was the VoxFemina winner for Energy, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change in February 2015, and awarded in October 2015 of the 6th prize of Committed Women for her program B2020.

In 2016, she appointed by the former Prime Minister Manuel Valls “Knight of the Legion of Honor”.

Richard Feynman once remarked that ‘Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.’

As a philosopher of science, John is inclined to take this in a slightly different sense than was no doubt intended: scientists have little need to understand much about what they are doing. He has spent most of his academic career developing and promulgating a better understanding of biology, and has been pleased to discover that a growing number of scientists recognise the importance of a broader perspective on their activities than is automatically provided by the daily routine of laboratory work.

In 2002, with the help of a large grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council, John established Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences at the University of Exeter, now a world-leading centre in the philosophy of biology, but also a centre committed to collaboration between philosophers, social scientists and biological and biomedical scientists.

John is currently completing a project funded by the European Research Council, A Process Ontology for Contemporary Biology, which argues that biology has suffered systematically from a traditional philosophical underpinning that fails to acknowledge the fundamentally dynamic nature of living systems. In the near future he will begin to chair a working group of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on the genomic modification of livestock.

My name is Alix Gerbet, I graduated from Kedge Bodeaux in 2013.

I've been working at L'atelier des Chefs since 2015, in charge of developing marketing & activation campaigns to stakeholders in the food-processing industry.

In 2016 (I was 27 years old) I've been diagnosed with a breast cancer and had to go trough surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. At the exact same time I decided to join LE RECHO.

LE RECHO is an organisation run by women (cooks, artists, communications experts) aiming to create links between people through food. We travel the roads of France & Belgium & soon Italy in a food truck, visiting refugee camps to cook for and with them in partnership with local organisations. We think that food is an excellent way to remind people of the pleasure of sharing, being part of a group, and the desire to be together. Cooking is a universal language, a unifier that offers real opportunities for advancement. Today, there are 35,000 catering jobs available in France
My commitment to this organisation comes from 2 main reasons :

  1. The disease made me want to get involved, to take action, to keep my spirits up, and do something good.
  2. I had long wanted to work with a charity and give my time...especially in the current political climate, which is pretty grim, pretty tense, really pretty gloomy!

Today, the disease is conquered , but my commitment to LE RECHO stands.

John Fullerton is the founder and president of Capital Institute, a non-partisan organization working to create a more just and sustainable way of living on earth through the implementation of a Regenerative Economy. After spending years immersed in the sustainability challenge of our age following his Wall Street career, John is now a globally-recognized thought leader in the New Economy space. The architect of the concept of Regenerative Capitalism, John is the author of “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape the New Economy” and the widely-syndicated “Future of Finance” blog. A Fellow of Toniic, the global impact investment network, he is also a recognized impact investment leader and practitioner as the principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC.
Prior to Capital Institute, John was a Managing Director at JPMorgan, where he worked for 18 years before walking away from Wall Street in 2001. At Morgan, he managed various capital markets businesses around the globe and then ran the investment arm of Lab Morgan. He was JPMorgan’s representative on the Long-Term Capital Management Oversight Committee that managed the multi-billion dollar bailout of the failed hedge fund that threatened the financial system in 1997.
John is a co-founder and director of Grasslands, LLC, a director of New Day Farms and the Savory Institute, and a member of the Club of Rome.

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